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AMC’s LUCKY HANK With Bob Odenkirk As Cranky Academic Gets Premiere Date: March 19th

I’ve always been a difficult man. I specialize in minor strife and insignificant irritation. That’s my lane. — Hank Devereaux.

Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk is a cranky academic in his next AMC series now called Lucky Hank, premiering March 19th.

Lucky Hank is a n eight episode mid-life crisis tale told in the first person by William Henry Devereaux, Jr. (Bob Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt.

The series filmed last Fall in metro Vancouver under the working title Straight Man, with the University of British Columbia subbing in as the Pennsylvania’s Railton College.

Diedrich Bader, who plays Hank’s best friend, enjoyed filming in the city.

Showrunners: Aaron Zelman, Paul Lieberstein.

Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Mireille Enos, Olivia Scott Welch, Diedrich Bader, Sara Amini, Cedric Yarbrough, Suzanne Cryer.

Recurring guest stars: Oscar Nunez, Tom Bower, Kyle Maclachlan, Chris Diamantopoulos.

Characters:

Bob Odenkirk plays William Henry Devereaux, Jr.. aka Hank Devereaux.

Mireille Enos plays Hank’s wife Lily Devereaux, the vice-principal of a local high school in rural Pennsylvania.

Enos spent two seasons filming AMC’s The Killing in Metro Vancouver.

Olivia Scott Welch plays Hank and Lily’s daughter Julie, an only child who didn’t graduate from college, doesn’t have a job that pays her enough to live on but is accustomed to her parents’ lifestyle.

Diedrich Bader plays philosophy professor Tony Conigula, Hank’s closest friend. and a charming single guy.

Sara Amini plays Meg Quigley, an adjunct professor seeking tenure at Railton, where her alchoholic mother teaches as well. She works shifts at the local bar.

Cedric Yarbrough plays poetry professor Paul Rourke, who drives a red Camara and is on his third or fourth marriage.

Suzanne Cryer plays poetry professor Gracie DuBois.

Recurring characters:

Oscar Nunez as the dean of Railton College where Devereaux works.

Tom Bower as William Henry Devereaux, Sr, a retired, distinguished academic.

Kyle Maclachlan as College President Dickie Pope.

Chris Diamantopoulos as Tom Leska, an old flame of Lily Devereaux.

Producers: Muse Entertainment, Tristar Entertainment, AMC Entertainment.

Lucky Hank is adapted from the Richard Russo novel Straight Man.

Filming in Vancouver:

Straight Man/Lucky Hank filmed a field hockey game in Surrey’s Tamanawis Park on September 29th.

At UBC:

At UBC.

In Downtown Vancouver.

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